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Four Farthings For Four Chews

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Four Farthings For Four Chews

Four Farthing For Four Chews.
We only had a penny each but it could buy four chews
In the days when it was four farthings to a penny
Glass jars lined up like soldiers; it was so hard to choose
There were not lots of flavours, but there was many…


In the days when it was four farthings to a penny
Then they changed it to halfpennies, but not the price of the chew
There were not lots of flavours, but there was many…
When they cut the penny, not into four, but into two

Then they changed it to halfpennies, but not the price of the chew
Now we could not even buy four sweets
When they cut the penny, not into four, but into two
Pocket money could not now buy the treats

Now we could not even buy four sweets
Glass jars lined up like soldiers; it was so hard to choose
Pocket money could not now buy the treats
We only had a penny each, but it could buy four chews.

Entry for Pantoum Contest

© ~GG~ 06 09 2012
England  Chews Different types  of individually wrapped sweets. Decimalisation meant we could not get four for a penny any more only two. 

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  1. Date: 9/27/2012 10:13:00 PM
    Hi Mandy, Sorry for getting here so late! We so enjoyed your take in our contest, especially the "jars lined up". Thanks for this trip back in time. Lovely write! Hugs and belated congrats from Cyndi

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:27:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your win in Rhonda and Cyndi's "Penny Pantoums" contest GG. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 11:22:00 PM
    Congrats on your win with this wonderful Pantoum!

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 4:39:00 PM
    I remember those days..A nickle would buy some good candy..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 11:56:00 AM
    A great pantoum here Mandy!Congrats on your win in the contest.

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 9:16:00 AM
    My hearty congratulations on your win my dear Mandy!! luv/hugs:) Leonora

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 8:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on a great win to you as well Mandy!

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 6:21:00 AM
    nice pantoum Mandy....congrats on your win

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 2:10:00 PM
    Hoping you continue to find the inspiration to write and share your amazing poetry with us GG. I enjoyed reading your poetry very much today and wish you the best in the contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 1:52:00 PM
    excellent write, Mandy - I really struggled with this form - but yours is a winner for sure

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 1:52:00 PM
    Hi GG yes oh those golden days when we could get so much for not a lot, I remember visiting my gran in pembridge and she always gave us a three penny bit to buy sweet great days indeed, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 11:01:00 AM
    Great Pantoum GG... One of these days I might try, though it looks/seems daunting!! Terry

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 8:51:00 AM
    nice write GG,love the flow

  1. Date: 9/6/2012 7:42:00 AM
    Four for a penny, you take me back here, Mandy, like this, because this is social history, which one day will be needed, especially when the modern era loses it's way.